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To participate in the TRIO Talent Search Program students must:

  • Be enrolled at either Oceanside High School or El Camino High School
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be first-generation college bound (natural and/or adoptive parent student resides with has not completed a baccalaureate degree) and/or
  • Meet the following family income levels determined by the U.S. Department of Education
Federal TRIO Programs
Current-Year Low-Income Levels
(Effective January 15, 2020 until further notice)
Size of Family Unit Taxable Income
1 $19,140
2 $25,860
3 $32,580
4 $39,300
5 $46,020
6 $52,740
7 $59,460
8 $66,180

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,720

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

Per federal guidelines two-thirds of participants selected must meet both income guidelines and first generation eligibility criteria.

TRIO Talent Search Program is made possible by a federal grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education and in collaboration with California State University San Marcos, El Camino High School and Oceanside High School.